Eastern Wyoming College is pleased to announce that the Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt has donated $25,000 to the EWC Agricultural Technology Education Center (ATEC).
The Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt has been a perennial fixture within the County since 1988. What began as a tourism project for Goshen County Economic Development Corporation has grown into a celebration of conservation and the Wyoming way of life. Hunters from across Wyoming and the U.S. look forward to going to Goshen County to participate in the hunt each year.
EWC receives a $25,000 donation for its Agricultural Technology Education Center from the Goshen County 2-Shot Goose Hunt. College officials are pictured with the 2-Shot Directors.
According to Christin Covello, President of the Board of Directors for the annual hunt “The 2-Shot Board of Directors are known for their continual investment in youth, the community, and conservation projects.” This year, the 2-Shot Board of Directors voted unanimously to invest in EWC’s Agricultural Technology Education Center.
According to John Hansen, Director of Institutional Development for EWC, “The donation from the 2-Shot is truly remarkable; it’s a testament to their belief in education and conservation. It truly shows their commitment to education.” Todd Peterson, President of Eastern Wyoming College’s Foundation further stated that “the pledge of $25,000 from the 2-Shot will also be matched by the Foundation; leading to $50,000 being invested in the ATEC campaign.” Peterson, also noted that the “full fundraising campaign will kick off shortly in the New Year and the 2-Shot has given us an early boost.”
Ms. Covello, further encapsulated the importance of the donation stating that, “This donation represents 29 years of hard work on the part of numerous directors. Without their high-level of dedication and service each year, this donation would not be possible.”
For their donation, the 2-Shot will receive naming rights to the kitchen facilities in the ATEC building. According to Ron Laher, Vice President Administrative Services at EWC “the kitchen, will be integral to the success of Ag-related events and shows for the benefit of students and the community.”
Joe Guth who serves as the Vice President of the EWC Foundation and longstanding attendee, said it best “Cactus Covello really hit it on the head when he announced the donation at the banquet, emphasizing the importance of agriculture and EWC to the region.” ATEC will be a 26,000 sq. ft. facility and with industry leading labs and equipment, it will provide a home for agriculture in Wyoming.
Not only did the 2-Shot pledge dollars this year, but since 1999, the 2-Shot has provided $44,000 in scholarships to support EWC students. According to Hansen “The 2-Shot’s investment in EWC illustrates why we continue to be excited to have them as a community partner; they truly embody the spirit of giving and Wyoming.” Lastly, Dr. Patterson, President of EWC noted that “ATEC will provide us with some of the most advanced classrooms in the State and with an outstanding group of faculty, EWC will provide one of the best educational experiences in the region.” Patterson also commented on the overall sentiment shared about Goshen County and ATEC by the Governor of Wyoming, Matt Mead, who attended the 2-Shot, “You can hear it in Governor Mead’s voice and see it on the faces of people in attendance that there is abundant pride in EWC, and agriculture is the backbone of Goshen County’s economy.”